Southern Cross

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A six and a half hour exposure of the night sky.
This image began as an idea one night whilst camping under the stars. The original idea was to capture stars through the clouds that I saw in the morning. As the concept developed, I started thinking about what I could ‘squeeze’ into the frame. There are essentially three parts to this image: the “Southern Cross”, the South Celestial Pole and the dusk light. The photograph was captured over five months, needing remote, clear, cloudless, pollution free, light free locations; and without the moon. Typically there are only several days a month to try to capture the stars in this way so that the moon does not interfere with the shot.

The shot itself was a six and a half hour exposure pointing the camera due south with the bottom of the frame touching the horizon and the top of the frame right up to the top of the sky. The brightest stars are both the Southern Cross constellation and the “Pointers”. The South Celestial Pole is in the centre of the circles.

An additional technical challenge was the re-shooting, on the same film, of a sunset over the ocean (double exposure).

location: Western Australia, camera: Tomiyama, lens Nikkor SW90, film: Kodak 100ASA, shutter speed: 6 hour 24 minutes, filters: None, time and conditions: clear skies, limited edition: 360


Printing and framing:

Limited Edition: Available as a limited edition at standard sizes: 100x32cm, 125x40cm, 150x48cm, 175x57cm, 200x64cm, 250x80cm, and 300x96cm.

Deliveries are fully insured and guaranteed to arrive in perfect condition. Domestic freight charges are included, and international freight is sent via Federal Express (TNT) and is depending on sizes (please see at checkout); priced from $30 (50x16cm) - $200 (250x80cm).

Printing: Printed with pigment inks on metallic photographic paper, and mounted on Acrylic glass; each image presents crisp, clear, and bright. Most people when first viewing the finished piece is convinced that it is lit from behind. Acrylic glass is a totally transparent material, with very little reflection, but is also very hardy and strong. It is also temperature and static neutral requiring very little cleaning. Available at various finished sizes and thickness of acrylic, please refer to the price list for all available options.


Gift Range, available in the sizes: 50x16cm and 75x24cm.

50x16cm (6 x 20 inch) – finishes: 3mm 'slim baton', 3mm with 'float-frame', 6mm with 'float-frame'.
75x24cm (9 x 30 inch)finishes: 3mm 'slim baton', 3mm with 'float-frame', 6mm with 'float-frame'.

‘Slim baton’ is a flat/thin profile aluminium strip on the back of the finished Acrylic, hung with a matching interlocking slim baton rail that you screw to the wall.
‘Float Frame’ is a 'U' shaped aluminum frame on the back of the finished Acrylic piece that creates a 'float' appearance ... sitting off the wall around a centimetre. Again, hung with a matching interlocking rail that you screw to the wall.
(‘3M velcro system' can be used for all of the above options.)

Cleaning: When cleaning simply use a feather duster and a facial tissue (if necessary use “isopropyl alcohol”).

Contact Ric J Steininger Gallery:

Cairns Gallery
Address: Shop 22/1-3 Coondoo Street, Kuranda
Cairns City, Queensland Australia
Postal: PO Box 12269d, Cairns QLD 4870
tel: +61 (0)7 4052-1533